Monday, the 3rd of September 2018 is Merchant Navy Day, it is intended to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on seafarers, this campaign invites Councils and Local Authorities to fly the Red Ensign ashore on top of civic buildings and on prominent flagpoles on Merchant Navy Day.
Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day has honoured the men and women who have kept the UK afloat during World Wars One and Two as well as celebrating our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK imports, including the food, fuel and all products and goods that we take for granted every day.
This year every Community, Parish, Town and City Council has been asked to take part, in addition to all Borough, District and County councils throughout the UK.
Owners and custodians of historic and landmark buildings with flagpoles are also invited to get involved, including English Heritage, Historic Houses Association, Historic Scotland, National Trust, Trinity House and Welsh Cadw.
Many flag-hoisting ceremonies are attended by local Merchant Navy Association (MNA) and Royal British Legion members, who welcome being part of the nationally co-ordinated campaign.
In 2018, it is hoped that the Red Ensign will be flown ashore at 800 locations around the UK – view the ‘Roll of Honour’.